According to Reuters, lawmakers in Ohio approved a bill on Friday, December 9, allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. This move comes less than two weeks after 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 11 people on the Ohio State campus in Columbus in a stabbing attack.
Ohio state senators passed the bill 22-8 after state representatives approved it 68-25 late on Thursday, December 8. The bill has been sent to Republican Governor John Kasich for his signature.
If signed into law, the board of trustees at Ohio’s public universities would have the option to permit concealed-carry on campus, according to Reuters.
Additionally, Ohio lawmakers lifted a statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons in the public areas of airports and daycare centers. According to reports from local media, operators would be allowed to choose to prohibit guns in their buildings or not.
However, according to Reuters, the House of Representatives removed provisions from the bill that would have allowed gun owners to carry concealed weapons in government buildings, including libraries and city halls.
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